Lions club recognizes members, officers

From left: Board members Craig Cooley and Ron Perkins, “Tail Twister” Larry Clarino, treasurer Joe Ed- wards, secretary Jeff Larrison and first vice president Dave Sobczak are inducted as Westfield officers by Jim Thompson, past district governor and member of the Carmel Lions Club.

From left: Board members Craig Cooley and Ron Perkins, “Tail Twister” Larry Clarino, treasurer Joe Ed- wards, secretary Jeff Larrison and first vice president Dave Sobczak are inducted as Westfield officers by Jim Thompson, past district governor and member of the Carmel Lions Club.

The Westfield Lions Club recently hosted is officer induction night.

Officers for the 2014-15 year include: Mark Albright, president; Dave Sobczak, first vice president; Gary Smith, second vice president; Joe Edwards, treasurer; Jeff Larrison, secretary; Larry Clarino, tail twister; Keith Sanborn, chairman of the board of directors; and board members, Tracy Rogers, Ron Perkins and Craig Cooley.

Club meetings are currently being held at the Westfield Friends Church on Union Street. Since the flood in April, the club has not been able to rent the building to groups and citizens to use the facility for meetings, parties and family gatherings.

From left: Craig Cooley, Bob Benson and Jeff Larrison

From left: Craig Cooley, Bob Benson and Jeff Larrison

Benson Life Member 

The Westfield Lions Club awarded Bob Benson with the Life Member Award from Lions Club International. This is one of the highest honors available for Lions Club members. Benson is the first Westfield Lion to receive this award – and the club was chartered in 1930. Officials said Benson, a 45-year member, has been an integral part of the long-term success of the club.

Craig Cooley, left, and Bob Benson

Craig Cooley, left, and Bob Benson

Richard T. Miyamoto Award

Bob Benson, chairman of the Westfield Lions Club board of directors, presented the Richard T. Miyamoto Fellowship Award to immediate past president Craig Cooley. The Miyamoto Award recognizes Lions who have made significant contributions to their clubs. In the case of Cooley, he was the 2013-14 club president and presided over a year that saw positive membership growth, the induction of the first female members to the local club, nationally and state recognized award-winning club performance and the reconstruction of the organization’s clubhouse after it was severely damaged by the April flood.